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Rey Fire In Santa Barbara County Tops 29,000 Acres; Now 30% Contained

(Photo from Ventura County Fire Department Air Unit)
Santa Barbara County's Rey brush fire tops 27,000 acres

Last Update: 9:00 A.M.

Santa Barbara County’s huge Rey brush fire continues to grow.

The fire has now burned more than 29,000 acres of land in the Los Padres National Forest northeast of the Santa Ynez Valley.

Containment is now up to 30%, with more than 1400 firefighters battling the blaze that started last Thursday.

The fire is pushing northeast into wilderness areas.

Firefighters are getting one big break: the blaze is pushing into some areas burned by the 2007 Zaca Fire.

The brush in that area burned roughly nine years ago. That new brush isn’t as thick as some of the areas burned by the Rey Fire, so the current blaze has lost some of its intensity.

It’s expected the fire will continue to dump ash and smoke on parts of the South Coast for the next few days.

No structures have been damaged, but the fire is also threatening the Gibraltar Reservoir, which provides 30% of Santa Barbara's water.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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